Chinese tourists are the biggest contributors to world tourism

Their outbound travel numbers are so great, they can singlehandedly make anything a tourism trend. Source: Shutterstock.

WORLD TOURISM has been on a rapid development in recent years and one of its biggest contributors is the world’s most populous country, China.

According to United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) executive director Zhu Shanzhong, China’s outbound tourists now accounts for 10 percent of the total of global tourists.

In fact, China’s outbound travel hit another record last year by having 130 million overseas trips and US$115.29 billion in receipts.

Chinese tourists are taking over the world, invading Thailand, shaking things up in the UK, storming Singapore (topping tourist arrivals and tourism receipts), overtaking Kiwi visitors in Australia, and even going to destinations as far as Africa.

Germany alone received over 10 million Chinese tourists last year while the Asia-Pacific region has the geographical advantages for Chinese tourists to visit. Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, too, have benefited from this large number of Chinese tourists in recent years.

The trend is pushing countries, companies, and brands to evolve to become more Chinese tourist-friendly.

Outbound travel is China’s new power tool. Source: Shutterstock.

“In 2012, China became the world’s top spender in international tourism and has remained so ever since. We can say that this is indeed a great contribution to the world tourism market and no country in the world can match China in this regard,” XINHUANET quoted Zhu as saying.

China already has the world’s highest spending on outbound tourism. When the country cut tourism to South Korea over the deployment of a US missile shield last year, it cost South Korea up to US$15.6 billion and 402,000 jobs.

Zhu added the Chinese tourists have shown improved behaviors as well, and that they deserve being treated with hospitality and respect. However, he urged Chinese tourists to protect their legitimate rights by not using irrational means.

“Excessively protecting their legal rights as tourists or by using irrational means will hurt the Chinese tourists’ interests and tarnish the national image,” Zhu said.

Meanwhile, Chinese couples are now going abroad in search of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment after China ended its decades long one-child policy.

Considering how significantly China can contribute to world tourism, it won’t be long before fertility tourism becomes a thing.